How to Nominate

These notes are designed to assist you in the nomination process and to make the experience as straightforward as possible. Should you require any assistance, please contact a BCA team member on: 0203 002 7764 or e:

Please note: Medalists are selected to receive The British Citizen Award – BCA, or The British Citizen Youth Award – BCya, in recognition for their contribution to society, therefore they are not referred to as ‘winners’, as this implies a competition.

Nomination Process
  • Please download and complete the nomination form as fully as you possibly can.
  • When submitting the nomination you will need a Seconder to approve the nomination and give you consent to provide their personal details on their behalf.
  • An email with an attached copy of the Nomination will also be forwarded to your Seconder on submission of the nomination.

Please supply as much information as possible about the nominee and the specific action/activity for which you wish them to be recognised. Background information and supporting evidence is really useful for the BCA Independent Assessment Panel to evaluate the level of impact the nominated individual has made. If there are elements of the application form that you are unable to complete, either ask the nominee to supply the information to you or let us know on the nomination form why certain information is incomplete.

  • The word count on the application is a guide only, if you need to say more about the nominee’s achievements please feel free to do so, it will not be looked upon negatively by the BCA Independent Assessment Panel who ultimately ratify the awarding of The BCA/BCyA

If you are supplying any supporting information, such as pdfs of newspaper cuttings, references to local TV or Radio broadcasts, comments from other people affected, photographs etc, please upload them as attachments to the nomination before submitting the application form.

Entries received before 09 April will be considered for the July Presentation Ceremony.

Entries received after this date and before 07 October will be considered for January Presentation Ceremony.

Nominations for The British Citizen Youth Awards – under 18 only – need to be submitted before 19 August.

What happens next?
  • Once we have received your completed nomination form, you will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • The contents of the nomination form will remain confidential from the Nominee (unless stated otherwise).
  • Where it is necessary to corroborate facts contained in the nomination form, we may have to refer these facts to the nominee, but we will contact you in the first instance.

There can be four outcomes in relation to your nomination:

  • Successful – the nomninee is recommended to recieve the Medal of Honour
  • Certification – the nominee is recommended to recieve The Certificate of Recognition (at the discretion of the Asessment Panel)
  • Further Information – the nominee is required to provide more detailed information for further consideration
  • Unsuccessful – in the Assessors evaluation it is deemed that the nominees endeavours do not quite reach the benchmark for the awarding of a higher recognition.

The BCA Independent Assessment Panel will assess information contained in the submission and any other information available in the public domain to reach one of the four outcomes above.

In the event that there is insufficient evidence or if the Independent Panel feel unable to honour your nominee with a Medal this time, you will be notified in writing of the Panel’s decision, which is binding. Unfortunately, no further correspondence can be entertained, but repeat nominations can be made after one year providing the nomination has significant addtitional information. .

Once the submission has been seen by the Independent Panel, both the nominator, seconder and the nominee will be notified in writing of the outcome of the nomination. The nominee being awarded a British Citizen Award will be require to sign a ‘Declaration Form’ for permission to publish their details and feature photographs surrounding any media/pr activity within the BCA programme, and will remain subject to due diligence until such times as they are physically presented with their BCA/BCyA

Entry Regulations

Anyone can make a nomination by completing the nomination form and submitting it to us by post or email. Please complete the nomination form accurately giving the reasons for your nomination. All nominators must provide the name and address of at least one other person who supports the nomination (a seconder). Both nominator and seconder will need to sign the declaration at the foot of the nomination form declaring that the information is true.

1) We will send an acknowledgement by email, but we cannot enter into correspondence on the merits of particular nomination while it is being considered or if the nomination is unsuccessful. We may ask you to provide more information about the candidate to enable a final decision.

2) We will inform you regarding the status of your nomination – the BCA Independent Assessment Panel’s decision is final.

Eligibility requirements:

The eligibility requirements:

(1) Nominations are welcomed from candidates who have significantly benefitted others in their community or workplace.

(2) Each nomination is appraised by the BCA Independent Assessment Panel who will assess candidates and recommend those suitable for The British Citizen Award (Medal).

(3) Non-British nationals will be considered if their contribution has positively impacted British Society, Communities or Citizens.

(4) Those recognised with a KBE, OBE or MBE are ineligible to be considered for a BCA. Those with a BME or King’s Award are eligible. Those awarded a BCA are not exempt from the King’s Honours system.

(5) The BCA/BCyA/The People’s Honours reserve the right to rescind any BCA awarded under the circumstances laid out in the Rules and Regulations

(6) The BCA/BCyA/The People’s Honours will endeavour to give medalists a Right of Reply in the event that any complaint or conflict is pursued by any third party, such actions to be considered carefully and investigated where necessary, the awarding body remain final.

If you require any further information,
please do not hesitate to contact us: 020 3002 7764